Preventing Family Disputes Through Estate Planning

In our practice, one of the worst things we see is a family torn apart by probate proceedings of a loved one or by making decisions on behalf of an incapacitated loved one. These family divides are often preventable with appropriate planning.

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When a loved one becomes incapacitated or dies, it can be incredibly hard on a family. It can also lead to arguments and disputes.

We always recommend having an estate plan drafted well in advance of needing incapacity documents.

How can you avoid family members fighting over your end of life care or medical decisions? 

Have a thorough Medical Durable Power of Attorney and Living Will in place.

Your Medical Durable Power of Attorney allows you to pick one person to make medical decisions on your behalf, should you become incapacitated. This is incredibly helpful if there are multiple people involved. Having a point person who understands your wishes helps care run smoothly. It also allows them to meet with other loved ones to discuss the appropriate medical care.

A living will enables you to provide direction regarding end of life.

Let us know if you have questions as to what type of estate plan is right for you or your loved ones. We are happy to help answer any questions or address your estate planning misconceptions. Again, this can avoid strife between family members.

How can you avoid family disputes following your death?

Have a tailored and effective estate plan in place.

A well-drafted estate plan will clearly spell out how property and assets are to be divided, can give instructions, and will avoid costly and lengthy probate cases.

Often, without an estate plan in place, disputes can arise.

Almost everyone should have an estate plan.

An estate plan is an incredible gift to give your loved ones to avoid disputes. 

Contact our office to see what plan is right for you.

Contact us today to help you get the right documents in place or to update your current estate plan. We will plan so that you don’t have to worry about your future.   

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